Tour de France: Double Dylan Groenewegen Zwift Rider of the Day
Seemingly in the form of his life after two wins in two days, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) is our Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 8 of the Tour de France . The Dutchman beat perhaps the best field he has ever faced and did so convincingly in Amiens. With 6th and 4th places to his name heading towards the end of the race's first week while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) traded stage wins, it looked as though it would be tough for Groenewegen to get on the top step of the podium. Last year, his win in Paris came without those two riders, and also without Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ). To beat all of these men, plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) is looking like quite the step up from last July. ...
Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour
Mark Cavendish is quickly running out of time to equal Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage win record. Read the full article at Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour on VeloNews.com .
Tour de France bikes: Mark Cavendish's custom-painted Cervelo S5 – Gallery
This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) is within touching distance of taking the record for the most Tour de France stage victories in history . Tour de France bikes: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-R - Gallery How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech While the Manxman is yet to get off of the mark at this year's Tour , the former world champion has been improving stage-by-stage and made a top-ten finish in the run-in to Chartres on stage seven of the race. The current record holder for Tour stage wins – 34 – is Eddy Merckx, who had a reputation for carrying a 5mm hex key in his jersey for on-the-fly bike-fit adjustments throughout his career. Just four wins away from the Belgian's record, the similarities between the two riders are ...
"I can't go that fast": Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has endured a frustrating opening week of the Tour de France and opened up on what's going wrong after the Stage 7 finish in Chartres.
Mark Cavendish: My back's against the wall the whole time, but I'll keep trying
Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team produced their best lead out and sprint so far in this year’s Tour de France , with the Manxman in the mix and on Dylan Groenewegen’s wheel until 200 metres to go. A touch of wheels with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) slowed Cavendish and he faded as Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) powered away to victory, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). With the win gone, Cavendish eased up and finished 10th, but the result told just a small part of Cavendish’s sprint. Buoyed by his and Dimension Data’s performance, Cavendish was happy to give his take on his best performance of the week. Some have written off Cavendish’s chances of winning sprints and dismissed his goal of winning four more stages so that he can match Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage victories. “I was following quite good ...
Tour de France: Stage 7 finish line quotes
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) - Stage winner I've been going better every day. I said I needed some time, and I didn't feel good in the first stages. Today we did it and it's amazing. I'm really grateful. I was behind Kristoff and he was going, I started in is wheel and thought now is the moment. I went with 200m and it was good enough. I hope there's more. I have the legs to win now, so we celebrate tonight and maybe the same tomorrow. (Eurosport) Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) - 10th in stage 7 With a few hundred metres to go, I was quite excited, to be honest. Once Quick-Step and Bora go, I can't match that speed. I just can't do it. There was that pinch point with about 2km to go, and that messed up some of the lead-out trains. There were a few renegades about. The ...
Groenewegen blasts home first on Stage 7 of Tour de France
Last year he made a big breakthrough when he won the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris; on Friday, Dylan Groenewegen confirmed his status as one of the best sprinters when he blasted home first on stage seven. Timing things perfectly in a chaotic gallop, the Dutchman beat Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) … The post Groenewegen blasts home first on Stage 7 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory
Martin James 13 Jul 2018 Groenewegen comes good at last to deny Gaviria another stage victory Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) finally found his sprinting form to win a frantic dash for the line at the end of Stage 7 of the 2018 Tour de France into Chartres. The Tour’s longest stage at 231km alternated between long sections of soft-pedalling and periods of full gas racing as crosswinds threatened to break the race apart. In the end, though, it was always likely to end in a mass sprint finish, and Groenewegen judged his effort to perfection, coming off the wheel of favourite Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to cross the line comfortably in front. The green jersey of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was third to rack up another haul of points in that competition, then came Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FdJ). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet, ...
Cavendish hoping for better as Tour de France sprint stages return
After a day off at the Tour de France for the sprinters on stage 6 – if two ascents of the Mûr-de-Bretagne can be called a day off – it's back to business on stage 7 from Fougères to Chartres on Friday, when Mark Cavendish will be looking to score his first win at this year's race. Cavendish is chasing five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx's record of 34 Tour stage wins, and the Dimension Data sprinter's running tally currently stands at 30. He has been out of contention in the four sprint finishes at this year's race so far, which have been dominated by just two riders: Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria – who won stage 1 and stage 4 – and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), winner of both stage 2 and stage 5. Cavendish's best finish so far has been 21st on stage 4, but he told Cyclingnews that ...
Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019
Though he is Olympic champion, a winner of Roubaix, and currently in yellow, Greg Van Avermaet is scrambling to find a team for 2019. Read the full article at Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019 on VeloNews.com .
Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July
The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour Teams Power Poll: Themes for Teams via The Bard
A Dylanesque ranking of the Tour’s top fifteen. I’m not the most plugged-in person here at the Cafe come Tour Time [insert complaints about children and the non-stop celebrations of the end of the school year]. I’m also on vacation, which is a mixed bag when it comes to thinking straight. In theory it’s a good thing. In theory... Which makes me the perfect person to write a Tour power poll. Power Polls are the greatest device ever invented by and/or for blogging, because you can define them any way you want, even though it sounds like a definitive ranking of the “best teams.” At the Tour, “best” is too complicated a matter for people to agree on, since it could mean either the maillot jaune (boring) or most influential overall. It can also mean in absolute or relative terms, the latter being relative to either other teams or to ...
Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5
Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France today on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...
Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive stage win
Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for yet another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...
Tour Tech 2018: Mark Cavendish’s Cervelo S5
Check out the aero road bike that Cav is racing in this year's Tour de France
Dimension Data boss: Don’t write off Cavendish in Tour sprints
Mark Cavendish said he was chasing Eddy Merckx's all-time stage win record at the Tour. So far, his results have been dismal. Read the full article at Dimension Data boss: Don’t write off Cavendish in Tour sprints on VeloNews.com .
Tour de France: Mark Cavendish boxed in after strong team display
"Quick-Step got another stage win, and I'm left here holding a baby." Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) was hardly disappointed to see his two-and-a-half-month-old son, Casper, beyond the finish line of stage 4 of the Tour de France , but he'd rather have delayed it an hour for a trip to the podium, and even the daily stage winner's press conference. The Manxman endured another disappointing day as he finished outside the top 20 in the chaotic bunch sprint in Sarzeau after his Dimension Data teammates had taken control of the peloton in the closing kilometres. He was boxed in and lost position in a frantic sprint, and eventually sat up and coasted home after appearing to raise his arm in remonstration at Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). The result was Cavendish's best from the three sprints so far at this Tour de France, and while that's mainly because he's yet ...
Gaviria notches up second Tour de France stage victory on day four
Victorious on stage one, dropped in the team time trial on Monday, Fernando Gaviria was back on top at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. The QuickStep Floors rider timed his sprint perfectly, beating world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) into Sarzeau. “It was really … The post Gaviria notches up second Tour de France stage victory on day four appeared first on CyclingTips .
Gaviria wins stage 1 of Tour de France; Froome, Porte and Quintana lose time
Supported by Fernando Gaviria had the perfect start to his first Tour de France, winning stage one into Fontenay-Le-Comte and grabbing the race’s first yellow jersey. The QuickStep Floors rider beat world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and his former teammate Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin), with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) next home. “It’s … The post Gaviria wins stage 1 of Tour de France; Froome, Porte and Quintana lose time appeared first on CyclingTips .